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While few would question that mobile POS is an inevitable future for POS systems in an increasingly wireless and IoT-friendly world, actual adoption of the technology has been behind expectations. A recent study by HP indicates that only three percent of enterprise merchants have fully signed on to mPOS deployment, but 86 percent are planning …

It wasn’t long ago when purpose-built hardware was the only consideration for companies looking for mobile computers. But that all changed rapidly when consumer-grade smartphones became a viable option as a mobile computer in the enterprise world. For a moment, it seemed that the original enterprise mobile computers would be completely replaced by consumer devices …

Pop-up retail—sometimes called ‘flash retail’— isn’t new, but it is a ‘secret weapon’ that small business owners use to get their product out into the world, and into the hands of their customers. In the pop-world, business owners find a venue like a coffee shop, book store, craft fair, or farmer’s market, then set up …

Tablet use in enterprise markets is on the rise. According to the Global Business and Consumer Tablet Forecast, enterprises will make up 18% of tablet purchases in 2017. The use cases are just as varied and unique as the tablet designs themselves. Restaurants install them table-side for efficient ordering. Retailers use them as a medium …

  Wearable devices have been deployed in the business environment for more than 20 years. Devices from many different vendors and lines have been used to enhance employee efficacy in the warehouse. Wearable mobile computers allow users to move about the facility hands-free, and pick product quickly and effectively. But wearables don’t stop at mobile …

  Near-field communication (NFC) is shaping the future of mobility and is becoming the system of choice for many mobile payment transactions. Most know this technology through buzzwords such as “tap and pay” and “contactless payments.” Now that the technology is placed in swipe-less cards, and payment-enabled smartphones, NFC is more relevant than ever, especially …

As mobile deployment catches up with demand, merchants are developing business to business use cases and best practices. POS dealers, especially those serving the small and mid-sized retail markets, are increasingly leading their sales calls with mobile. The well-documented influx of mobile devices into the retail market is evidence that merchants are tripping over themselves …

  BlueStar’s Jason Firment headed to Business Solutions Magazine’s Retail IT Var of the Future conference in Chicago on May 18. While there, he participated in the “Mobility Metamorphosis” breakout session, to discuss the changing scope of mobility and the growing range of solutions available. Click here to listen to the session, or read the …

  Mobile commerce is no longer a commodity for retailers and businesses to utilize to set themselves apart – it’s the standard. E-commerce has evolved rapidly since it exploded onto the scene with the arrival of sites like eBay and Amazon in the mid-90s. First, consumers sat comfortably in their home and enjoyed the freedom …

Today, the term ‘smart’ is used to describe the ever-growing number of devices with wireless connectivity – from smartphones to smart plugs to smart printers. However, ‘smart’ is often used as a one-size-fits-all term that doesn’t adequately explain the nuances across devices. Smart devices can offer many more opportunities than simple wireless connectivity or the …